Ola, Idaho was reborn in 1942 through hard work of its citizens

Ola, Idaho applied and received for two loans from the Government to open a cooperative sawmill to save the town from economic ruin. Their efforts paid off and when photographer Russell Lee returned to the town in 1942, the smiles on faces of the citizens of Ola reveal their success.

Member of the Ola self-help cooperative talking to a customer of the cooperative sawmillMember of the Ola self-help cooperative talking to a customer of the cooperative sawmill

Lumber from the Ola self-help cooperative is soldLumber from the Ola self-help cooperative is soldOla self-help cooperative. Wife and child of a memberOla self-help cooperative. Wife and child of a memberOla self-help cooperative. House of a memberOla self-help cooperative. House of a memberOla self-help cooperative. Children of a member with dollsOla self-help cooperative. Children of a member with dolls

Girls with their dolls

Ola self-help cooperative. A member

Ola self-help cooperative. A memberCowboy who cares for beef cattle of members of the Ola self-help cooperativeCowboy who cares for beef cattle of members of the Ola self-help cooperative Bread rising in the kitchen of a member of the Ola self-help cooperativeBread rising in the kitchen of a member of the Ola self-help cooperative Ola self-help cooperative – Children and Garden of a memberOla self-help cooperative. Children and garden of a member

Young Idaho farmer plowing in the fall of the year while the other members of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op are working in the sawmill. The tractor does work for five member familiesYoung Idaho farmer plowing in the fall of the year while the other members of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op are working in the sawmill. The tractor does work for five member families.

Young Idaho farmer plowing in the fall of the year while the other members of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op are working in the sawmill. The tractor does work for five member families2.

Ola self-help cooperative. Son of a memberOla self-help cooperative. Son of a member

Lowell Hall and Homer Nesbit seem to still have this resilient spirit in these films

 

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